8-Week Classes: We have two adult and 1 teen 8-week classes this session.
4-Week Classes: If your schedule is tight or you just want to try it out for a little bit we have two options. For a more in-depth clay experience you are welcome to sign up for the back to back sessions to make it an 8 week class.
We made it through the first week! It has been a roller-coaster, but definitely many more ups than down. It is really hard to put in to words how it feels to see my dream become a reality, and to have so many people come in to look around or use the space. We had classes and a clay play event, members got set up to start making pots, people were able to come in and buy clay and tools without driving all the way to Seattle... Overall it has been so much fun!
Some of the first highlights include:
This week we will have to see how the weather continues to develop as we may need to adjust the schedule to keep everyone safe, but it is definitely a good thing we are closed on Mondays. We do have a sold-out Valentines Date Night, but there are still seats available in the Clay Play with Platters on Saturday with guest artist CJ Carter.
I hope you come on down to the studio soon to check out the gallery show and take a look around our new space! Dylan and I look forward to seeing you here.
While we still have a few more boxes to check with the city for inspections, we are close enough now to open registration for the first round of CLASSES and CLAY PLAY sessions!
Below is a brief highlight of the current offerings. More information is available under the Registration or Membership headings.
RECURRING CLASSES: We are starting with ONE KIDS CLASS and TWO ADULT CLASSES, each with SIX weekly sessions, so we can work the kinks out of the studio. Future classes will be EIGHT weekly sessions. Additional classes will be added for the Spring as current classes fill.
CLAY PLAY: We have FIVE single-session events scheduled in February. Four are geared towards those who want to play with clay without the ongoing commitment of a multi-session class. The fifth Clay Play event is an advanced Skill Drill for those with intermediate/advanced experience to learn and practice a new specific technique.
WEEKEND WORKSHOP: I am thrilled to announce our first weekend workshop scheduled for March 16 & 17 with George Metropoulos McCauley! Information about George and his workshop will be posted in the weeks ahead. Events with this popular clay celebrity are rare and fill quickly so don't delay signing up. In the meantime if you are not following @ghoc1 on Instagram I recommend you do so immediately!
MEMBERSHIPS: There is a dedicated page on the website that lays out the details of the membership program. If you want to use the studio space for independent work, and have enough clay experience that you no longer need instruction, you are invited to apply to be a member by completing the form on the Membership page on the website.
I am so grateful to everyone who has helped us get this far! I also know we have a long way to go until we are a smoothly running operation. I appreciate your ongoing patience as we fine-tune our services and programs. We will continue to ask for your honest feedback and fresh ideas so that we can work together to transform this raw space into a thriving creative community.
I am really looking forward to welcoming you to Burnish Clay Studio!
* I don’t want to jinx it (it’s amazing how superstitious this whole process has made me…) so I must add a disclaimer that if permit/inspection issues force another delay in opening, all registrations will be rescheduled, refunded fully, or (for the recurring classes) refunded on a prorated basis for any dates that must be changed or cancelled.
We are currently refining the programs that are offered at BCS. In order to ensure the studio meets the needs of the community, we are gathering feedback through a series of short surveys.
Hi! My name is Heather Hitt and opening Burnish Clay Studio has been my dream for many years. I am new to Bellingham, but this town felt like home the first time I visited. I was delighted to discover that this place that I was falling in love with needed another studio to support an already thriving clay community. It feels like a perfect match. It is thrilling to combine the knowledge and skills I have learned in the corporate environment with my experiences in a variety of studios to facilitate the creation of art.